March has turned out to be a bumper month. Not only did my Haglofs Oz pully arive in the post but my PHD Ultra pully followed hot on its heels. I'm blown away. The OZ looks and feels fantastic. Take a Gortex jacket, bring it to the boil, simmer until you're left with just the essence of hard shell and this is, I expect, what you get. Just enough to function right and no frills. With some gear you just know that it's right from the off. This is one such piece of kit (appart from the daft pocket a use for which I'm yet to dream up. Was this just an excuse for the designer to put another flash of green on the chest?). The Ultra Pullover also has me grinning from ear to ear. I went for dryshell (in a fetching black) which adds a little to the advertised weight but brings with it peace of mind.
This spending spree (taking ruthless advantage of the credit crisis and the weak pound) has bagged me two great pieces of kit, taken a whopping 300g off the weight of my shell and doubled the isulation of my down layer for an addition of just 80g. A net saving of almost a quarter of a kilo, a significant extension to the functionality of my layering system and a bucket full of outdoor fun without getting out of my lazy armchair. Now I just need an excuse to use them.....
Glad someone is benefiting from the weak Pound!ReplyDelete
I'd sooner be taking advantage of a weak dollar but I'll take what I can get.ReplyDelete
Great blog, I would be interested to know how your are going with the Oz pulloverReplyDelete
Appart from pulling it on a couple of times to cycle to the dunes I've not realy tested the OZ yet. Outdoor activities have lain a bit still here for the last couple of months (we have a six week old). The earliest I'll get to realy give the OZ a run out will be July when I may get a multi-day trip to Norway. Will post a review in due course.
First impressions are good though. Very minimalist piece of clothing but for the weight saving I can swallow a lot of compromise. The biggest problems are likley to be breathability (not yet used paclite so will have to see how I get on with it) and the hood (I'll reinforce the peak as PTC suggests to do before using it for real). For situations where you expect it will be mostly in the bag I think its a first choice. If you're thinking of getting one I would seriously consider getting a size larger. I have the L and it sits quite snug wonder if I shoudl have got an XL. Fits well over a base layer or microfleece but you won't get much insulation under it before it starts to feel tight. Just purchased a microfleece gillette because I think my arms will be less constricted wearing a gillette unde the OZ. PTC* has used the Oz quite extensivel, I would say thats the best place to go for a considered opinion.